Small Buried Things


A game of hearts, a missile silo, a fragile musical instrument, a war wound, the devastation of fracking, a missing bottle of perfume, a word torn from a dictionary–all are part of the ‘small, converging world’ that inspires Debra Marquart’s beautiful and urgent collection. through her vision, we learn to see in new ways the often hidden interconnections between body and earth, love and loss, self and family, memory and language.

–John T. Price, Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships and Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father

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Debra Marquart’s books include two poetry collections–Everything’s a Verb (New Rivers Press 1995) and From Sweetness (Pearl Editions 2002)–and a short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories (New Rivers Press 2001), which draws on her experiences as a road musician. Marquart’s work has received a Pushcart Prize, the Shelby Foote Nonfiction Prize from the Falkner Society, the Headwaters Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship. In 2019, Marquart was named Poet Laureate of Iowa.


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